Omake (御負け, usually written おまけ) means extra in Japanese. It is used as an anime and manga fandom term to mean “extra or bonus”. Ruben uses it to describe his giant outline page of random goodness.

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What runs the site

  • Hugo: This generates the entire site from plain HTML and Markdown sitting in a Git repo. This is the only static-site generator that can handle 4000+ posts; believe me, I’ve tried them all!

  • FreeBSD: The best-kept secret of the *nix world. My OS’s stability, performance, friendly community and lack of systemd bring all the Linux people to the yard. Debian is my backup.

  • Let’s Encrypt: I bought certs in the past, but Let’s Encrypt makes the whole process so simple there’s no point not using it. It can also handle subdomains without having to pay extra (or at all).

  • Bourne shell scripts: This is the glue. It generates podcast pages, encodes audio, scales Retina™ images, and uploads the generated site. Nuts to Bashisms.

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What used to run the site

  • Jekyll (2013-15): My return to static-site generation after nearly a decade. Rubénerd was being delivered faster, used less resources, and had full revision history and tracking in a Git repo! Alas it took over 20 minutes to generate all my posts.

  • WordPress (2006-13): The Mac Daddy of blogging software. Movable Type had gone commercial at that stage, and Radio UserLand looked to be in its last throes, so I followed the pack to WordPress. For all the security issues and poorly written plugins, it served me surprisingly well for many years.

  • RapidWeaver (2005): An intruiging and pleasent Mac application that generated static pages, but I soon ran into its limitations.

  • Perl CGI scripts (2004): I wrote my first site engine when at my first job out of high school, before university started. It used CGI, which was a terrible idea but not enough people went to it to spawn too many threads, so I avoided disaster!

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How I write posts

  • Vim: I’ve used nano, joe, emacs (albeit briefly), TextMate, Sublime Text and Atom, but I keep coming back to this inexplicably wonderful mode of typing each time. I’m still learning new things with it, while likely forgetting other things.

  • nvALT: A fantastic note-taking tool that splits ideas into separate, searchable text files. It’s akin to having your own text-based wiki.

  • 11” MacBook Air: I’m still surprised how versitile this machine is. It fits on every coffee shop and aeroplane table, but still packs enough punch for photo editing and dev work with a docking station and peripherals. All I miss is Parallels working fast enough for games, and the Retina screen from my work machine.

  • Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard: I prefer mechanical keyboards, but went the split-keyboard route when I started getting upper-arm pain. It’s surprisingly snappy, especially compared to the mushy plastic feel of the previous models.

  • Michael Franks: My jam since I was a kid. He’s a jazzy singler/songwriter with witty lyrics and albums for every mood and time of day stretching over his half-century career. Incidently, I wrote all but two of his albums on Wikipedia!

  • AKG K551: I bought these headphones as per Marco Arment’s recommendation. I’m not all about the bass (sorry Meghan Trainor) so these headphones sound amazing. The level of midrange detail continues to blow my socks off, and the giant pads are soft and comfortable.

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Alma maters

  • University of Technology, Sydney: Some great lecturers here, and even Steve Wozniak teachers here now! They must limit intake to friendly people; the Anime@UTS club was easily the best I’ve ever been a part of. My old man went to in the 1980s, so it’s a legacy :).

  • University of South Australia, Adelaide: My first place to study after high school, before going on extended leave for family reasons. The Mawson Lakes campus (and Adelaide itself) is beautiful, probably my favourite city in Australia.

  • Australian Internationl School, Singapore: My primary and secondary school when we lived in Singapore. Some great teachers, even if they moved the campus three times and didn’t do the best upkeep of said!

  • Ascot State School, Brisbane: My primary school when we lived briefly in Brisbane, Australia. A very traditional place, but fortunately they were fine me skipping religious classes to play with their recycled Apple IIs.

  • Patterson Lakes Primary School, Melbourne: My first primary school when we lived in Melbourne, Australia. I barely remember it, but my parents were really impressed.

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Best coffee in Sydney


  • Tartine: Best coffee and café food in Sydney the world. They’re not your parents’ jaffles.

  • Two Black Sheep: Best coffee in the Sydney CBD, and the owners/operators are lovely. I wish I could speak more Thai.

  • Central Roasters: Tucked away in a side-street you may not see. Your loss, their coffee is great!

  • Workshop Espresso: In the Galleries building, a great place for a cup after buying another stack of manga from Kino. They always have something fun on their blackboard.

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Useful Firefox/SeaMonkey plugins

  • British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto): Marco has taken up the mantle for not personalising colour spelling.

  • Ghostery: Blocks lots of tracking and other nasties.

  • HTTPS Everywhere: Enforces TLS on sites that support it, rather than falling back to unencrypted HTML.

  • Image Block: Single-click disabling of image loading. Very useful for when you’re tethering on Australian mobile internet.

  • NoScript Security Suite: Protects against a range of attacks, even if you don’t use its useful dynamic-content whitelisting.

  • 1Password: Ultimate password manager that keeps your keys and registration information local. Works across browsers.

  • Self-Destructing Cookies: Deletes cookies after you’ve left a site, to help prevent further tracking.

  • Tab Memory Usage: A new favourite, and very eye-opening. Shows the memory usage of the current page, in your toolbar.

  • Tree Style Tab: Displays tabs in a hierarchical sidebar. There’s really no other way to use browsers.

  • uBlock Origin: Light-weight content blocker. Uses less system resources than AdBlock Plus, with the same whitelisting feature for sites that do tasteful and respectful advertising.

  • WorldIP: You can use curl for most of the stats this shows about sites, but this is right there in your browser.

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Useful Thuderbird plugins

  • British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto): Marco has taken up the mantle for not personalising colour spelling.

  • Exchange EWS Provider: Lets you sync Exchange email if IMAP isn’t available. Works flawlessly, I’m really impressed.

  • Inverse SOGo Connector: DAV plugin for contact syncing. I’m surprised Thunderbird doesn’t include this by default.

  • Lightning: Calendar for Thunderbird. I use Apple’s calendar now, but relied on this in Thunderbird and SeaMonkey for many years.

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Useful Safari plugins

  • AdBlock: Light-weight content blocker with whitelisting for sites that publish respectful ads.

  • Ghostery: Blocks lots of tracking and other nasties.

  • Instapaper: Nicer than a bookmarklet for the original and best read-it-later service.

  • 1Password: Ultimate password manager that keeps your keys and registration information local. Works across browsers.

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For when you need to run Windows

  • Classic Shell: Returns a semblence of sanity to Windows 8.x and 10, if you need to use them.

  • File Checksum Integrity Checker: Does what it says on the tin, and in classic Microsoft verbose style.

  • Never10: Windows 7 is distasteful, but 10 is another level. This prevents auto-upgrades.

  • sdelete: Another Mark Russinovich classic. Writes zeroes over deleted space, which (among other things) renders VM drive shrinks more effective. Such tools shouldn’t be trusted for secure data removal on SSDs, or increasingly even spinning disks given dynamic allocation, etc.

  • WinDirStat: Visualise where all your lost space went, then despair that most is in junk and update folders you can’t delete.

  • Wizmo: Steve Gibson’s useful set of utilities and shortcuts in one executable.

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Friends from Anime@UTS

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World friends

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I had to remove all non-HTTPS search engines here to prevent mixed content errors. I'm looking at you CocoaPods, CPAN, Hurricane Electric!